Call for action after 15 die on A143

A SUFFOLK MP today called for action to be taken on the A143 after discovering 15 people have been killed on it in the past ten years.Information obtained from Suffolk Constabulary under the Freedom of Information Act also reveals that since 1997 there have been 124 accidents involving serious injury and 559 involving minor injuries on the same road.

A SUFFOLK MP today called for action to be taken on the A143 after discovering 15 people have been killed on it in the past ten years.

Information obtained from Suffolk Constabulary under the Freedom of Information Act also reveals that since 1997 there have been 124 accidents involving serious injury and 559 involving minor injuries on the same road.

The incidents have made the A143 consistently one of the top five most dangerous roads in Suffolk.

The A143 in Suffolk stretches from Haverhill to the boarder with Norfolk near Diss.


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David Ruffley, MP for Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket, said: “The A143 in Suffolk is a stretch of road that is repeatedly drawn to my attention.

“These new figures reveal that it has, for the last ten years, consistently been one of the most dangerous roads in our county.

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“The only roads it has consistently ranked behind, in terms of total number of personal injury accidents, are major trunk roads such as the A12 and A14.

“Many of my constituents have made the case for improvements to the road. In particular many people living in the Great Barton area have argued that there is a need for a by-pass around the village. In the light of these new figures their case has even greater urgency.”

In 2005 the A143 had more road accidents that any other A road in Suffolk apart from the A14 and A12. In 2006 the A143 was the fourth most dangerous A road in Suffolk behind the A14, A12 and A134.

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